Friday, 6 December 2013

Statement on the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

The Patriotic Alliance would like to convey our condolences to the Mandela family as well as to all the close friends he collected during his extraordinary life.

As South Africa’s newest political party, the PA honours Madiba’s memory as the man who did a great deal with his comrades to usher in democracy today. Without his sacrifices, parties like the PA would not have been possible. Truly, Madiba was the first patriot among patriots. His service to our country can never be fully appreciated, but his legacy can be honoured best by building a South Africa that shakes off the shackles of poverty. Only an equal and prosperous South Africa could repay the sacrifices of our heroes of patriotism.

Mandela’s timeless vision of a South Africa for all its people, with a promise of a better world for all our children, is one the Patriotic Alliance is founded on. His work and life has inspired everything the PA stands for and wishes to achieve.

The PA will be observing a period of respect without political campaigning, while we and the nation come to terms with this profound loss.

We know the great love Madiba had for the works of Shakespeare. Thus we say, with great sorrow and love: May flights of angels sing him to his rest.

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